One Can Dream

Note: Below are the official ICOIL Minutes for April. As the author did not sign their name, I am not certain who wrote them.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Indiana Government Center South 402 W. Washington Street Conference Room 17

Council Members Present: Jodi James, Keith Coros, David Nelson, Tom Cooney, Al Tolbert, Carolyn Roe, Emas Bennett, Richard Simers, Teresa Mager, Melissa Madill, Teresa Torres

Guests Present: Ramona Harvey, Bob Roe, Marianna Kalli, Colleen Helminiak, Joanne M. Cissell, Joanna Witulski, Darlena Gentry, Dee Ann Hart, Carol Baker, Evelyn Rhenwick, Emma Sullivan

I. Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m.
II. Introductions
III. Approval of agenda
IV. Committee Reports

a. By-Laws/Policies & Procedures – The council will be working on writing new by-laws and policies and procedures.

b. Nominating/Membership – It is believed that at least 20 members have now been appointed to the council. All names have not been released yet until all background checks have been done and all appointees have been notified. Melissa Madill notified the council of online training for new SILC members and CIL staff. It was moved and passed to pay for interested members to participate in this training.

c. State Plan – A proposed change to the State Plan hearing policies and procedures was distributed. Members were asked to provide Jodi James with feedback. The next meeting of this committee will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 11:30 EST.

V. DSU Report - It was brought up that the council portion of the CAP was never brought up for a vote and that needs to be done. There also needs to be a discussion on the review of findings that we received from RSA. Carol Baker reported that she and Nancy Young have worked on Nancy’s job description for their portion of the CAP. Carol asked for and received volunteers from the council to help with the development of DSU policies and procedures.

VI. NCIL Conference - The council decided not to renew our NCIL membership at this time nor to use ICOIL funds to send board members to the NCIL conference next month. The reasoning behind this was that some of the new members who would attend need more of a foundation of core knowledge and training before attending the conference. The council also decided that the costs of membership outweighed the benefits and that the money needs to be used for other things at this time as we are restructuring the SILC. It was decided it may be more cost effective to pay for someone to participate in an ILRU online course which provides training for SILC members.

VII. New Business

a. Need to take steps to make sure that ICOIL is something that the state feels they need and want to include in various activities around the state. The council needs to become more effective and united before we lose funding to other organizations. The council needs to discuss more issues related to important disability issues.

b. Medicaid is proposing not paying family members for attendant care. Indiana does not have a person-directed personal attendant program where the money follows the person. The council was encouraged to take a stand on these and other issues.

c. In order to have more time to discuss these issues, it was moved and passed to change the ICOIL meeting time to 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. It was also moved and passed that all ICOIL related meetings will be posted to the web site, mailed to our mailing list, and that the time and place will be accessible.

d. Need to expreses the needs of CIL constituents to VR as recent documents,

meetings, and their website shows that they are not aware of some key issues.

e. Need updated mailing list. Check with Nancy Young and boxes in IRCIL offices.

f. It was moved and passed to have Jodi James draft a letter on behalf of the council to FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob to state council’s position that someone needs to look at evidence as to why Everybody Counts and Ruben Center did not receive reimbursement on expenses and clarify where funding has gone that was not awarded to Everybody Counts and Ruben Center.

g. An agenda item will be added to each meeting to discuss important issues related to disability that are affecting us. This will be placed near the top of the agenda.

VIII. Public Comments
a. The meeting agenda needs to state who to contact if someone needs an accommodation to participate in the meeting.

IX. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

• Until such time as a more permanent policy is in place, all meetings held by ICOIL will be posted, mailed to our mailing list and the time and place will be accessible – Motion carried.
• Until such time as a more permanent policy is in place, ICOIL meetings will be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EST. – Motion carried.
• Letter will be written to FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob to state council’s position that someone needs look at evidence and clarify where funding has gone in regards to Everybody Counts and Ruben Center – Motion carried.
• Council will pay for interested members to participate in online course through ILRU to be held April 24 through May 19 - Motion carried.
• Renew membership to NCIL – Motion died.
• The council elect an acting chair to coordinate activities until such time that elections can be held – Motion carried.
• Jodi James shall be appointed as acting chair – Motion carried.

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